Researchers at UCD


Fran O'Rourke

Associate Professor

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168124


Honours and Awards

Year: 1973.
Title: Scholarships from Austrian, German and Belgian Governments
Year: 1979.
Title: Doctoral Fellowship
Year: 2001.
Title: President?s Research Fellowship
Year: 2001.
Title: Alexander S. Onassis Fellowship
Year: 2003.
Title: Fulbright Fellowship

Conference Contributions

O'Rourke, F.; (2001) Wonder and Universality: Poetry and Philosophy in Aristotle. [N/A], Proceedings of International Conference of the the international conference on Aristotles Rhetoric and Poetics, Society for Aristotelian Studies, Athens, 7 - 9 December, 2001. 21 pages Publication 2004, Athens , 07-DEC-01 - 09-DEC-01.


Committee : Faculty Executive
Committee : Modular Board of Studies
Committee : International Summer School


Year 1971 Institution: University College Galway
Qualification: BA Subject: --none--
Year 1974 Institution: NUI Galway, IRL
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1986 Institution: Catholic Univ of Leuven (KU)
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1976 Institution: University of Louvain, Belgium
Qualification: Lic Fil Subject:



Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas, (Leiden: Brill) 1992, pp. xvi, 300.; (1992) Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas. : *. [Details]
O'Rourke, F; (2005) Allwisest Stagyrite. Joyce's Quotations from Aristotle. Dublin: National Library of Ireland. [Details]
O'Rourke, F; (2005) Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press (Reprint). [Details]

Book Chapters

Fran O'Rourke; (2011) 'L'anthropologie politique d'Aristote' In: The Notion of Citizenship in Greek Philosophy. Athens: Athens Academy. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2009) 'Joyce's Thomist Masters' In: John McCourt (eds). Joyce in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
O'Rourke, Fran; (2007) 'James Joyce and the Greeks' In: Konstantinos A. Dimadis (eds). The Greek World between the Age of Enlightenment and the Twentieth Century: Vol 3. Athens: Ellinika Grammata. [Details]
O'Rourke, Fran; (2007) 'Beautiful Dangers of Being' In: Liam Bergin (eds). According to Your Word. Proceedings of a conference held in the Pontifical Irish College Rome to honour Desmond Cardinal Connell on his eightieth birthday. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
O'Rourke, F; (2006) 'Philosophy and Poetry in Aristotle, Interpreting and Imitating Nature' In: Vita Contemplativa, Essays in Honour of Demetrios N. Koutras. Athens: *. [Details]
O'Rourke, F; (2005) 'Knowledge and Necessity in Aristotle' In: Hasard et nécessité dans la philosophie grecque. Athens: Académie d¿Athènes. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2005) 'Aristotle and the Metaphysics of Metaphor' In: John J. Cleary & Gary M. Gurtler (eds). Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2003) 'Wonder and Universality. Philosophy and Poetry in Aristotle' In: On Aristotle's Poetics and the Art of Rhetoric. Athens: Society for Aristotelian Studies The Lyceum. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (2003) 'Unity in Aquinas' In: Quebec, Les Presses de lUniversite Laval (eds). Commentary on the Liber de Causis, Denkformen des Einen, Festschrift for Werner Beierwaltes. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (2001) 'Via causalitatis; via negationis; via eminentiae' In: * (eds). Encyclopedia article, Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie, Band 11 [U-V] (Basel: Schwabe Verlag) 2001, columns. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (1992) 'The Gift of Being: Aquinas and Heidegger, At the Heart of the Real' In: * (eds). Philosophical Essays in Honour of the Most Reverend Desmond Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, (Dublin: Irish Academic Press). [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (1992) 'Being and Non-Being in Pseudo-Dionysius' In: Ed. Thomas Finan & Vincent Twomey, (Dublin: Four Courts) (eds). The Relationship between Neoplatonism and Christianity. [Details]

Edited Books

Fran O'Rourke (Ed.). (1992) At the Heart of the Real. Philosophical Essays in honour of Archbishop Desmond Connell. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Fran O'Rourke; (2011) 'Joyce's Early Aesthetic'. Journal of Modern Literature, 34 (2):97-120. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2011) 'Aristotle and Evolutionary Altruism'. Philosophia, 41 :136-146. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2010) 'Aristóteles y la metafísica de la metáfora'. Convivium, 23 :5-25. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2009) 'La métaphysiqe de la métaphore chez Aristote'. Diotima, 39 :128-154. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2008) 'Aristotele e la metafisica della metafora'. Logos (Napoli), 2 (3):29-49. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2004) 'Ο Αριστοτέλης και η εξέλιξη των ειδών'. Philosophia, 34 :175-198. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (1991) 'Virtus Essendi: Intensive Being in Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas'. Dionysius, 15 :31-80. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (1990) 'Vassilis Vassilikos: Antiquity Revisited, (From Modern Greek)'. The Irish Review, :61-69. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (1989) 'Werner Beierwaltes: Cusanus and Eriugena'. Dionysius, 13 :115-152. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (1974) 'Poetry and Philosophy'. Understanding, :38-48. [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2004) 'Aristotle and the Metaphysics of Evolution'. The Review of Metaphysics, 58 (229):3-59. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (2004) 'Jacques Maritain and the Metaphysics of Plato'. The Nature of Metaphysics, . [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (2003) 'Platos Approach to Being in the Theaetetus and Sophist and Heideggers Attribution of Aristotelian Influence'. Diotima, 31 :47-58. [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (2003) 'Aquinas and Platonism, SCM Press, London'. Contemplating Aquinas, . [Details]
O'Rourke, F.; (2002) 'Dimitrios Koutras: The Problem of Thought and Language in the Poem of Parmenides, Athens, 2002; -. (From Modern Greek)'. Essays on Ancient Greek and Byzantine Philosophy, :11-19. [Details]

Conference Publications

Fran O'Rourke; (2011) Aristotle and Evolutionary Altruism The Evolution of Morality and the Morality of Evolution (Oxford) [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2011) Knowledge and Identity in Joyce Cognitive Joyce: The Neuronal Text (Paris) [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2010) Η πολιτική ανθροπολογία του Αριστοτέλη The Notion of Citizenship in Greek Philosophy (Alexandria) [Details]
Fran O'Rourke; (2007) James Joyce and the Greeks . In: Konstantinos Dimadis eds. The Greek World Between the Age of Enlightenment and the Twentieth Century (Bucharest) , pp.419-428 [Details]


Research Interests

Aquinas and Platonism/Neoplatonism; Aristotle and the metaphysics of evolution; Aristotle and the metaphysics of metaphor; Aristotle and evolutionary ethics;
Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas; Heidegger; Philosophical influences on James Joyce (Aristotle and Aquinas). 

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Alasdair Maclntyre Conference 2009: Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
Start Date / End Date : 26-MAY-08 / 01-DEC-09
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The Perennial Wisdom of the Greeks & the Platonism of Aquinas
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-01 / 31-AUG-02
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Influence of Aristotle and Aquinas on James Joyce
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-06 / 31-AUG-07